STANDISH — More than 150 friends, family members and classmates of a Standish teenager who was killed in a crash last week gathered Wednesday to remember a young woman described as “a great soul” who always wore a smile.

Angel Greene, 16, was one of four teenagers in a car in the early morning of Nov. 5 when the driver apparently lost control on Turkey Lane in Buxton. As the three survivors heal, members of the close-knit community came together at Bonny Eagle High School on Wednesday to commune and talk about Greene during an emotional “celebration” of her life.

Friends, many fighting back tears, described Greene as “one of a kind,” someone who was always smiling and encouraging others to remain positive. One friend since fifth grade said Greene always urged her to tell her foster parents that she loved them before leaving even for a little bit, “because you may never see them again.”

Ansley Moore, who was Greene’s “big sister” through the “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” program for five years, said, “I first joined Big Sisters because I wanted to make a difference in somebody’s life. When I found Angel, she was actually the one who was going to make a difference in mine. She was just the sweetest girl, super-adventurous and always making me laugh.”

Wednesday’s gathering also was an opportunity for members of Greene’s family – including her mother and brothers – to show their appreciation for the support they have received from the community.

“For my family to all of you and anybody who is helping, thank you so much,” said Greene’s brother Brett Castner. “Truly, it has helped.”

Throughout the gathering, visitors embraced Greene’s mother, Christa Greene, who also thanked the supporters who filled much of Bonny Eagle High’s cafeteria.

“I know my world has been tipped upside-down, and without you, I don’t know how I’m going to go on,” Greene said. “But thank you for all of your support and all of your messages that I have been receiving. I appreciate them from all of you. You have meant the world and you have kept me going these last few days.”

Police and prosecutors have released few details about the crash, saying it remains under investigation.

The four teenagers were going east on a straight section of Turkey Lane at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 when the driver, Edward Estey, 17, of Standish, reportedly lost control of the car near Henry Hill Road, sending the car into a utility pole and a tree.

Greene was thrown from the vehicle. Estey and two passengers – Autumn Potter, 16, and Zakary Pacillo, 19, both of Standish – were injured.

Pacillo attended Wednesday’s gathering wearing what appeared to be a back brace and bandages, but did not speak.

A police report on the crash said the driver “operated motor vehicle in erratic, reckless, careless, negligent or aggressive manner.”

The stretch of Turkey Lane near Henry Hill Road where Estey lost control is well-known to locals as a problem area. At least two other fatal accidents have occurred at the site, and neighbors have raised concerns about speeding in the 45 mph zone, and over the dips and rises in the road.

During Wednesday’s remembrance, pictures of Greene were projected onto a screen at the front of the room and scrolled across it as visitors signed a posterboard surrounding a black-and-white photo of Greene smiling warmly, her head tilted. Some people wrote their memories of her, while others simply wrote, “I love you.”

Speaking to reporters before the celebration, Evan Leavitt, 17, said he hopes that the tragedy will encourage others to slow down on Turkey Lane.

Leavitt, a friend of Greene’s, described her as “a kind person who touched everyone.”

“She had a great soul and was just kind-hearted to everyone,” he said.

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